| 601 1st Street|
|Former names||MCI Center (1997-2006)|
|Opened||December 2, 1997|
|Owner||Monumental Sports and Ent.|
|Operator||Monumental Sports and Ent.|
| Washington Wizards (NBA) (1997-present)|
Washington Mystics (WNBA) (1998-present)
Georgetown (NCAA) (1997-present)
|Washington Wizards Arenas|
|<- Capital Centre|
The Verizon Center is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, the NHL's Washington Capitals, and the Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball team since 1997. Originally named the MCI Center, it is managed by Washington Sports & Entertainment, LP.
Located in the heart of Chinatown off of the Gallery-Place Chinatown Metro stop, Verizon Center is only a few steps away from the White House and hosts more than 220 events and concerts each year.
Since debuting in December of 1997, the state-of-the-art $200 million sports and entertainment facility has entertained over 21 million patrons with over 1,735 world class sporting events, concerts and family shows. The 2006 Washington Regional Round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships, the first and second rounds of the 2002 and 1998 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and the 1998 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are only a sample of the world class events held here at the venue.
Concerts and family shows have included U2, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Disney on Ice, and the Harlem Globetrotters.
Continuing the tradition as a downtown destination, Verizon Center will host the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships (Frozen Four) for the first time, in addition to the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament for the third time.
Located within the arena are 110 luxury suites and 6 executive suites, and a variety of concession stands and restaurants offering menu choices from Hunan Chinatown to Papa John's pizza to hot dogs and pretzels to crab cakes and deli sandwiches.
Additional amenities include the private Acela Club Restaurant for club seat and suite holders, the Johnnie Walker Coaches Club (for Gold VIP season ticket holders), Dewar's 12 Clubhouse (open to the public an hour before and after events),Fan Gear sporting goods store and an in-house NBA practice facility.